San José Unified Partners with the 1Million Project - Ensures Equitable Access to Internet
In an effort to provide equitable internet access to all higher division students, the San José Unified School District (SJUSD) has partnered with the 1Million Project for the third year in a row. Students in grades 9-12 who do not have reliable internet access in their homes will have the opportunity to obtain free Wi-Fi through the 1Million Project program.
“Families will never see a bill, everything is pre-paid,” stated Nancy Albarrán, Superintendent, San José Unified School District. “The lack of internet access in the home creates an unfair disadvantage to the student; by partnering with the 1Million Project, our students are given one more tool that can help them reach their fullest potential,” Superintendent Albarrán continued.
Access to the internet has become the norm rather than the exception, especially in Silicon Valley. Students living in households lacking a high-speed internet connection can quickly find themselves in a “digital divide” (a widening gap between those who have ready access to computers and the Internet, and those who do not). This divide places them at a disadvantage when they are expected to submit essays, join group chats, complete homework assignments, conduct college searches and take practice tests on-line.
The 1Million Project provides any qualified student attending a San José Unified high school with a free Wi-Fi hotspot to use at home or on campus. Every student will have 10GB of data to use every month at 4G/LTE speed, and any additional data over that is unlimited at a slower bandwidth. Students may use these Wi-Fi LTE hotspots free of charge throughout their high school years, including summers and holidays until graduation. Any 9th thru 12th grade student without home internet access qualifies for the program.
SJUSD students can sign up for the program at their local school or go to http://go.sjusd.org/1millionproject for an application form. Every hotspot device is filtered through a Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) compliant content filter. Specifically designed for the 1Million Project, this filter is always on and cannot be disabled while on the Sprint network. Students are encouraged to sign up now for their Wi-Fi hotspot as quantities are limited at each school. For more information about The 1Million Project, please visit: www.1millionproject.org/students.
About San José Unified
San José Unified is an innovative urban school district that prepares today’s students to be the thinkers, leaders, and creators of tomorrow. Serving close to 30,000 students from transitional kindergarten through high school in 41 schools from Downtown San José to Almaden Valley, San José Unified is Silicon Valley’s largest and most diverse school system.